How to get dental care in Canada?

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Canada has a universal publicly funded health care system. Canadian citizens and residents can access medically necessary hospital and physician services for free through their provincial public health programs.  

International visitors and non-residents from other countries are not covered by Canada’s government health programs. You are expected to pay for health care in Canada out of your own pocket. Medical treatment can be very expensive without a proper health insurance coverage.

Atlas Travel Medical Insurance is a visitor health insurance policy designed to provide medical and travel benefits, as well as emergency travel assistance to international travelers. You get access to quality care and are protected against the costs that can incur from unexpected medical and travel emergencies.

More about Atlas Travel Medical Insurance Canada.

What to do if you have a dental emergency in Canada?

If you experience a dental emergency (e.g. toothache, cracked or broken tooth, dental abscess) while visiting Canada, you can see a dentist for treatment.

Canadian dentists treat teeth, gums, and other related oral diseases. They specialize in common dental procedures e.g. fillings and repairs, root canal, crowns, bridges, teeth extraction, oral surgery. Dentists also provide preventive dental services such as routine oral exams, cleanings, etc. 

In Canada most dentists work at their private practices. Some hospitals have dentistry departments that provide outpatient and emergency dental care.  

Usually you need to make an appointment with a dental clinic. If you need emergency dental services, you can explain the nature of your dental problems to the clinic. Many dentist offices will offer a same-day emergency appointment or an earliest available appointment. Some dental clinics may accommodate emergency walk-in appointments. 

Dental clinics are open at normal business hours during the week, many are open for extended evening hours. Some emergency dental clinics stay open until midnight including weekends. 

Most hospitals’ emergency departments do not have dentists on staff to provide 24/7 emergency dental care. When patients go to  emergency departments with common dental problems, doctors may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics to temporarily alleviate symptoms. They will refer you to visit a dental clinic during normal business hours to resolve the underlying dental problems.

For patients with severe dental situations or oral injuries, hospital emergency departments will arrange emergency dental specialists for immediate treatment.

How much does it cost to see a dentist in Canada?

Dentists are free to set up their own rates in Canada. Each Canadian provincial dental authority has a fee guide listing recommended prices for different dental procedures. Most dentists align their fees with the provincial fee guides.  

Dental work is expensive in Canada. Depending on your specific dental problems and difficulty of treatment, the costs may vary. For example, filling a cavity may cost CA$150 ~ $300, pulling a tooth may cost CA$150 ~ $250, a basic dental examination by a dentist may cost CA$50~$100. You can contact dentist offices to compare the estimated costs of treatment.

Emergency medical services provided at hospital emergency departments are expensive for patients who are not covered by Canada’s public health insurance. A hospital emergency department visit may cost you CA$500 or more.

Usually you will be required to pay for treatment at the time of service.  You should collect the dental care provider’s name, address, original itemized bills that document what medical services are provided to you and the cost for each service. You can file a claim to HCC-MIS to request reimbursement for eligible medical expenses you have paid.   

Atlas Travel Medical Insurance pays for emergency dental treatment necessary to resolve acute onset of pain, provided treatment is obtained within 24 hours of the acute onset of pain.  Atlas insurance also covers emergency dental treatment and dental surgery necessary to restore or replace sound natural teeth lost or damaged in a covered accident. More about Atlas Travel Medical Insurance Emergency Dental Coverage

How to find a dentist in Canada?

Atlas travel medical insurance does not restrict your right to select the hospital, physician or other medical service provider. You can go to a doctor or hospital of your choice. Atlas Insurance allows you to choose dental care providers of your choice.

Tokio Marine HCC-MIS Group has an International Provider Directory that you can use to search for hospitals and clinics in different countries. You are free to visit any licensed healthcare provider who are not listed in the directory. Canada’s provincial dental associations have  dentist directories that you can use to search for dentists near you. 

Alberta Dental Association & College Find a Dentist

British Columbia Dental Association Find a Dentist

Manitoba Dental Association Find a Dentist

New Brunswick Dental Society Find a Dentist

Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association Find a Dentist

Northwest Territories & Nunavut Dental Association Dental Clinics

Nova Scotia Provincial Dental Board Find a Dentist

Ontario Dental Association Find a Dentist

Prince Edward Island Dental Council Directory of Dentist

Ordre des dentistes du Québec Find a Dentist

College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan

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